Player ratings as Black and Gold win MLS Cup on penalties

LAFC were crowned MLS Cup champions for the first time as they beat the Philadelphia Union 3-0 on penalties following an incredible 3-3 draw. Having already sealed the Supporters’ Shield during the regular season, LAFC were given home advantage in this winner-takes-all showdown. After a scrappy opening to the match, the Black and Gold struck […]

Gerard Pique delivers emotional farewell speech to Barcelona fans

Saturday night saw Gerard Pique bow out as a Barcelona player, wearing the famous red and blue stripes for the final time in a pedestrian 2-0 win over Almeria. Manager Xavi substituted the defender 10 minutes from time, giving him the chance to bid farewell to the Camp Nou faithful and hug his teammates. The […]

Okereke steps up in Dessers’ absence; Ebuehi stars for stainless Empoli

The afternoon was a decent one for Nigerian stars, as they shone for their clubs Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers was unavailable for Cremonese, but compatriot David Okereke filled in perfectly, as he scored in their 2-2 draw at Salernitana. Dessers was ruled out of Cremonese’s visit to Salernitana on Saturday, but coach Massimiliano Alvini […]

Tunnel vision is the key principle of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal reign | Arsenal

“We have Chelsea on Sunday, this is what I’m interested in.” Mikel Arteta’s response to the question of Takehiro Tomiyasu’s chances of being fit for the World Cup was jarring. Though Arteta had already expressed sympathy for the Japan defender’s predicament, he was reinforcing the importance to Arsenal of an away fixture signposted for some […]

Brendan Rodgers sends James Maddison message to Gareth Southgate after Everton win

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has warned England’s Gareth Southgate that including James Maddison in his World Cup squad should not even be a debate. 25-year-old Maddison, who has not been involved at international level since November 2019, ended last season on a tear and has maintained that form this season, with six goals and four […]